so i tried out a new pair of lightweight trainers for tonite’s speed workout…
i’ve been wanting to get a new pair for awhile…but unlike what i did with my old Mizuno Wave Precision 5’s (doing all training in them), I would restrict usage to speed workouts, and races 10K or shorter. My Cumuluses are great for training runs and worked well for the Queens half but feel a little too heavy when trying to push hard in speed workouts and shorter races. (But of course, if I’m feeling banged up at all, I’ll retreat back to the Cumuluses.)
So I tried on 2 pairs…the Asics Gel-Speedstar and the Mizuno Wave Precision 6. Though I used to love the Mizunos, they just don’t seem to fit me the same these days…the 8 1/2 is too small, and the 9 is too big in the heel, even with lace-locking (seems to be the case with all Mizunos these days.) The Asics in the 8 1/2 fit just right with my orthotics. (Plus even though you don’t buy shoes for looks, they look pretty damn sleek.)
Tonite’s workout was 9 repeats of the hill up to Tavern on the Green-perfect timing, as that’s the finish of the Mini 10K. The repeats started further back…around the exit to Columbus Circle (486 meters, we were told!!)
It was hot and muggy-I stopped for water during the recoveries after the 3rd and 8th repeat, but the actual hard running didn’t feel too affected. However, the 2:22 and 2:19 repeats were slowed by the road being very crowded and me having to dodge others. (Tuesday nites, the park is *packed* since a lot of teams are out doing speedwork.) And during the second 2:07 repeat, I had seen one of our speedy guys out for a run, and he was nice enough to pace me for the remainder of that repeat…guess I do my best when chasing after guys! 🙂
As for the shoes, it was sorta strange wearing lightweight shoes again, but I felt a lot more “efficient” during this workout. Might need one more run in them to completely make up my mind.
now playing: “don’t wanna lose this groove” ~ dannii minogue vs. madonna